I'm in a comic book mood today! And FYI -- I'm a fanboy at heart! I'm always the first in line at Comic Con!!!

And of course, I love "Batman Begins!" Director Christopher Nolan did such an amazing job in rebooting the franchise!

So I'm very thrilled and excited to watch the new "Batman" film simply called "The Dark Knight."

Here are some useful nuggets:

*** Christopher Nolan returns as the film's helmer, and he also co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. The last film the brothers wrote together was the mesmerizing "The Prestige."

*** Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Michael Caine (Alfred Pennyworth), Gary Oldman (Lt. James Gordon), Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox), and Cillian Murphy (Scarecrow) return to reprise their respective roles.

*** Joining the cast are Heath Ledger as The Joker, Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes for the same role as Rachel Dawes, Eric Roberts as Salvatorre Maroni, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent (the same role Tommy Lee Jones played in the horrible "Batman Forever")

*** The film opens on July 18, 2008

*** Here's the plot: "Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of lieutenant Jim Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker."

CLICK

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I enjoyed the critically-lambasted film by Ang Lee starring Eric Bana as the Hulk. So now, I'm anxiously waiting the sequel starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner.

First the facts:

*** Liv Tyler (Betty Ross), Tim Roth (Emil Blonsky), and William Hurt (Gen. Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross) co-star!

*** Edward Norton co-wrote the script with Zak Penn (he wrote "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Fantastic Four" among others -- not a good sign).

*** The film opens June 13, 2008

*** It's directed by Louis Leterrier, the French director who gave us "The Transporter" films and "Danny the Dog."

*** The working title is "The Incredible Hulk."

*** Here's the plot from IMDB: "The explosive, action-packed adventure in one of the all-time most popular superhero sagas unfolds with a cure in reach for the world's most primal force of fury: THE INCREDIBLE HULK. We find scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) living in shadows, scouring the planet for an antidote. But the warmongers who dream of abusing his powers won't leave him alone, nor will his need to be with the only woman he has ever loved, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler). Upon returning to civilization, our brilliant doctor is ruthlessly pursued by The Abomination (Tim Roth) -- a nightmarish beast of pure adrenaline and aggression whose powers match The Hulk's own. A fight of comic-book proportions ensues as Banner must call upon the hero within to rescue New York City from total destruction. And on June 13, 2008, one scientist must make an agonizing final choice -- accept a peaceful life as Bruce Banner or the creature he could permanently become: THE INCREDIBLE HULK."


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Alright, I don't normally report gossip stuff like this, but Roger Avary is a big part of the movie culture, and this new, developing details about his life are just sad, sad, sad.

But, Oscar-winning screenwriter Roger Avary was arrested Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence after a Ventura County car crash that killed a man and injured Avary's wife, authorities said.

MSNBC is reporting that Avary, 42, was the driver in the single-car collision shortly after midnight in Ojai, said Captain Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

Killed in the accident was Andreas Zini, 34, a resident of Italy who was apparently visiting the couple. Firefighters cut Zini from the car with Jaws of Life and he died several hours later at Ventura County Medical Center.

Avary's wife Gretchen, 40, was ejected from the car and found in the road by deputies, Bonfiglio said. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

Avary was booked but later released on $50,000 bail, Bonfiglio said. He did not know whether Avary has hired an attorney.

Avary won an Academy Award along with Quentin Tarantino for writing "Pulp Fiction," and was also a co-writer of the recent epic "Beowulf."

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No red-carpet, no fanfare, just the winners announced in a conference-style format.

At the end of the day, the focused was less on the celebrities, and more on the product. No glitter or glamor!

Hhhhmmmmm...there's something golden about that!

Now remember, the voters of the Golden Globes are international journalists, NOT critics or academy members. Sometimes, the votes are deemed "popular votes," but other times, they're actually great weather vanes for the Oscars!

But need I remind you that the Golden Globes voters gave Pia Zadorra a Best Actress award once upon a time!

Enough said...

Here's the complete list of the winners of the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards:


Best Picture, Drama: "Atonement"

Best Actress, Drama: Julie Christie, "Away From Her"

Best Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Sweeney Todd"

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Marion Cotillard, "La Vie En Rose"

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"

Best Director: Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

Best Screenplay: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"

Best Foreign Language: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," France and U.S.

Best Animated Film: "Ratatouille"

Best Original Score: Dario Marianelli, "Atonement"

Best Original Song: "Guaranteed" from "Into the Wild"


Best Series, Drama: "Mad Men," AMC

Best Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, "Damages"

Best Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"

Best Series, Musical or Comedy: "Extras," HBO

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, "30 Rock"

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: David Duchovny, "Californication"

Best Miniseries or Movie: "Longford," HBO

Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Queen Latifah, "Life Support"

Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Jim Broadbent, "Longford"

Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Samantha Morton, "Longford"

Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"

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"The Bucket List" kicks off the box-office weekend gaining $19.5 million buckaroos!

I'm not a big fan of this film! With a strong pedigree of Nicholson, Freeman, and director Rob Reiner, I was expecting nothing but the best! But what we got is a soapy-sudser with a predictable, sentimental plot!

Oh, well.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 box-office films for week of Jan. 11th:

1. "The Bucket List," $19.5 million.

2. "First Sunday," $19 million.

3. "Juno," $14 million

4. "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," $11.5 million

5. "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $9.1 million

6. "I Am Legend," $8.1 million

7. "One Missed Call," $6.1 million

8. "P.S. I Love You," $5 million

9. "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie," $4.4 million

10. "Atonement," $4.3 million

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